Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.

Roe began his broadcast career at his high school radio station KMIH in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.


Stories by Mike Roe

Conrad Murray sentenced to maximum term in Michael Jackson death

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced today to the maximum sentence possible for involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop music star Michael Jackson, four years in county jail. Jackson died in June 2009 of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol Jackson was given as a sleep aid. Murray is unlikely to serve the full term due to overcrowding and prison realignment leading to less room in county jails. The L.A. Times reports that Murray will only serve about two years of his sentence behind bars.

200 arrested after 1,400 cops flood Occupy LA

Los Angeles police cleared the nearly two-month old Occupy L.A. encampment Tuesday night – emerging from City Hall and surrounding streets, arresting protesters who refused to move, and dismantling the remaining tents and structures. Follow our live blog of the continuing events here.

What Twilight has to do with Occupy LA

Occupy L.A. is trying to get a temporary restraining order to prevent police from removing the Occupy encampment from the City Hall lawn. Their chances don't look good, but if you look at their argument, they're staking (sorry) at least part of their hopes on "Twilight.

Woman pepper sprays Black Friday competition at LA-area Walmart

A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale at a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Comedian Jimmy Pardo raises money for charity with 12-hour Pardcast-a-thon

Comedian Jimmy Pardo is holding his third annual Pardcast-a-thon, delivering comedy from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. It takes place at Los Angeles's Acme Comedy Theater and streams live online.

LA sheriff's cars get new computer systems tested in Iraq

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department patrol cars will soon be outfitted with $20 million in battlefield-tested technology. Beginning this month, one of the nation's major military contractors is outfitting 2,500 cars with computer systems and high-tech gadgetry perfected in Iraq, equipment that will enable deputies to respond to calls faster and get data on suspects instantly.

New Woody Harrelson film looks at LAPD Rampart corruption scandal

The trailer is out for Woody Harrelson's new movie "Rampart," which comes out in January. In it, Harrelson plays a corrupt cop in a fictionalized take on LAPD's Rampart Division during the 1990s.

Herb Wesson elected 1st black LA City Council president

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted for Herb Wesson, making him the first African-American L.A. City Council president.

LA offers incentives to Occupy protesters to leave City Hall

Los Angeles city officials are offering Occupy L.A. protesters incentives, including downtown office space and two empty lots for a community garden, if they agree to stop camping outside City Hall.

Can Wonder Woman appeal to a modern audience?

In her 70 year history, Wonder Woman has never made it to the big screen. Wonder Woman almost made it to television this fall, with legendary TV producer David E. Kelley behind it. A pilot was produced for NBC, but in the end, NBC decided not to go with it.

Tumblr protests potential censorship, gives users heart attacks

This morning, anyone who logged onto popular blog site Tumblr saw a feed that looked something like the screenshot above. Rather than animated GIFs and the other usual fare of Tumblr, text and photos were greyed out and had censored stamps on them.

Bitter Lawyer delivers attorney comedy, new Web series

As a comedy nerd, I sometimes come across some very specialized comedy, and the example of that I'm enjoying today is Bitter Lawyer. It's a comedy site created by, well, bitter lawyers.

Michael J. Fox really plays guitar, rocks Back to the Future's 'Johnny B. Goode'

The Michael J. Fox Foundation held its annual fundraiser this weekend, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's. The highlight of this event: Michael J. Fox closing the show by playing "Johnny B.

Street busker Chelsea Williams breaks out with 'Billionaire' in new Chevy commercial

Have you watched TV recently? Well, then chances are high you may have noticed Miss Chelsea Williams, a singer featured in a new Chevrolet Cruze commercial singing the Travie McCoy/Bruno Mars song "Billionaire.

Want to see a Katy Perry concert? Here's how to do it, for free

Katy Perry is doing a "Katy Perry Gives Thanks" show to end her California Dreams Tour at the Staples Center, with the tickets being given away free on Facebook. It's a drawing, so you're not guaranteed to get a chance to register, but if you're interested and happen to be available the night before Thanksgiving, you can give it a shot.